Starting to Get Hot

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Spring has been weird for me this year. I’ve been getting a couple days of super hot weather, either in California, Texas, or here in Kansas, then it gets cold, like in the 50’s. I’ve made it a point to try to ride more consistently, this year, with it is hot. But, it’s hard getting used to riding in the heat, when it isn’t hot. That changed yesterday. It wasn’t roasting, but was in the lower 90’s.

I did my normal gravel ride over to Lawrence. I spent a couple hours the day before patching my tubeless tires. I had a million rock cuts through the casing. Mainly from trying to stop on gravel after flatting. Anyway, I got them resealed and working, but only for about 20 miles. I was descending and next thing I knew I was on the rim.

Let me tell you a fact, it isn’t easy putting a tube into a tubeless wheel setup when your hands are super sweaty. I couldn’t believe how long it took to do it. I broke my “tire iron”, which was plastic. I did all the tricks, pushing the bead to the center, etc. but I couldn’t get the last 6 inches on. I finally took off my socks and used them to get some grip on the tire. That would have been a picture. I was so relieved that I didn’t pitch the tube and it held air. That is a big downside to tubeless. I very much doubt that many people could have gotten that tire on.

Anyway, I got to Lawrence, got some hot coffee and rode back. I felt pretty good. Well, my legs felt good, but my lungs felt like hell. I’m having a big problem with allergies this year. I can hardly wait until both my lungs and legs feel good at the same time. I’m hoping it is this weekend.

This weekend I’m heading up to Iowa to do the Memorial Day Races. It consists of 4 days of racing, The Burlington Road Race Friday night, then Snake Alley Criterium Saturday, Mellon City Criterium, in Muscatine on Sunday and finally Quad Cities Criterium on Memorial Day. Tom Schuler has taken over the promotion of Quad Citeis and they moved the race to Davenport from Rock Island. It used to be in Moline, then moved to Rock Island and now Davenport. They only have Bettendorf left.

My favorite race is Snake Alley Criterium. I’ve won it a few times and it is very challenging. It’s only 20 laps, I think 18 miles, but it is super hard. Actually, all the races are good. I don’t know the new Davenport course, but I’m sure it will be good. It will be nice getting another block of racing in. I have plenty of miles, not much speed.

Bromont is a very smart dog. He has about the same problem with heat as me. He had a throat operation last year and has a restriction, so he can’t cool off as well as before. The last couple days, he goes out and runs in the country and then when the run is over, just goes from shady spots to shady spots. I’m a little worried he’s gonna find a nice, cool spot and just stay there and not come back. He’s done that before for a bit.

Trudi made it back to Topeka late Monday night and is off to Chattanooga Tennessee this morning for the Pro Road Championships. Man, was that a drive, still is, I guess.

I think I need to rest some. Even though I took it a little easy and only had a 250 mile week, two weeks ago, I got in another 400 mile week last week and seem a little flat. I should probably kick back a couple days and then use the races to get some leg speed.

Our house has always gotten a bunch of looks because of the different team cars parked there.

Our house has always gotten a bunch of looks because of the different team cars parked there.

Mess after changing my flat.

Mess after changing my flat.

I thought the cut sealed with glitter, but it didn't hold.  This is after bouncing it on the ground to get the glitter to the cut.

I thought the cut sealed with glitter, but it didn’t hold. This is after bouncing it on the ground to get the glitter to the cut.

I got blisters on my palms from willing the tire onto the rim.

I got blisters on my palms from willing the tire onto the rim.

Bromont enjoying his "run".

Bromont enjoying his “run”.

We finally turned the AC on last night.  I used a Campy T wrench to remove the top to clean out the leaves before turning it on.  I don't use one of those very often anymore.

We finally turned the AC on last night. I used a Campy T wrench to remove the top to clean out the leaves before turning it on. I don’t use one of those very often anymore.

Trudi made a pan of Paleo granola before she left.  It's yummy.

Trudi made a pan of Paleo granola before she left. It’s yummy.

11 thoughts on “Starting to Get Hot

  1. Honch

    Hi Steve – Quick question. When the weather gets really hot, how much do you find your hydration consumption has to increase to make up for the increased sweating so you’ll acclimate well to the warmer weather? I know everyone is different but I am looking for baselines. For instance, in the cool weather, I ride and can do around 1 bottle (22oz) per hour but in the heat (over 85 degrees) I have to triple that to stay hydrated on a long ride. What has been your experience? Thanks for the blog!

     
  2. timm

    Steve, I grew up in Kansas. My allergies have been bad since I was a teenager. In my 40s, allergies got so bad I looked into allergen immunotherapy. It was the best thing I ever did. Completely natural, the ‘shots’ are allergen and saline. Low volume, low concentration at first. Then gradually ( or rapidly depending on the schedule) the dose increases. The result is your immune system is trained to not overreact to the allergen. Although I get a maintenance dose once a month, I was essential ‘cured’, in my mind, right from the beginning. Soon I’ll be off maintenance. I ride everyday and no longer have allergies to grass, trees, and weeds.

     
  3. H Luce

    Kris’ secret is Atomic Fireballs. It’s an important fuel source, apparently.

     
  4. James

    Paleo granola? I wouldn’t imagine a Paleo caveman could make granola, or even what a oat flake is. Just sayin

     
  5. Mills

    It’s common to see sweat rates in minimal to moderate trained people around 1L per hour. In elite athletes, 2L per hour sweat rate is normal. Heat acclimatization is primarily dependent upon an increased sweat reflex (speed on onset of sweating and sweat rate).

    Adam Mills, MSEd, RCEP

     
  6. Dizzy

    Having had the same experience with getting a tube into a road tubeless tire, I usually just carry a spare folded Kevlar bead clincher tire and spare tubes when riding. Toe strap it to the seat like a tubular.

    I’ve only had one flat with Hutchinson tubeless road tires. Drywall screw went straight through the tire AND rim bed. JB-Welded the hole in the rim, smoothed it over, and holds air perfectly.

     
  7. JR

    Just for the record, it’s the Melon City Criterium. Muscatine, Iowa and the surrounding area grow a lot of melons (watermelon, muskmelon (canteloupe)). Best of luck in your races.

     
  8. Mike Rodose

    Great tip! How convenient.

    Carrying spare tubes and clincher tires (Tires!) so you can ride “Tubeless” tires.

    Please stop this nonsense.

    Clinchers or tubulars. Pick one.

     

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